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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky detective series with plenty of darkness and action.
Boxset of Luther containing 6 discs and with a running time of approx. 812 minutes. Has an age 15 restriction and contains all episodes from the first 3 series. Picture and audio quality are excellent and overall presentation of the set very good.

Idris Elba stars as the dangerously flawed yet ultra moral John Luther a beaten up, life weary London murder squad...
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Bill, with an A List actor
The Emporers new clothes I'm affraid, if enough people say it's great it must be. I was looking forward to this having been told it's one of the best dramas. It's predictable, badly acted especially DCU Rose Teller, and about as dramatic as the bloke who falls off a ladder every week on Casualty. It is a disappointment at best, and only earns one more star than it really...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky detective series with plenty of darkness and action., 1 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Luther - Series 1-3 [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
Boxset of Luther containing 6 discs and with a running time of approx. 812 minutes. Has an age 15 restriction and contains all episodes from the first 3 series. Picture and audio quality are excellent and overall presentation of the set very good.

Idris Elba stars as the dangerously flawed yet ultra moral John Luther a beaten up, life weary London murder squad detective. Luther has major problems with anger which isn't helped by his growing relationship with Alice, Ruth Wilson, who just happens to be a murder suspect and also a psychopath. Alice is the calm, cold, controlled and evil contrast to Luther's manic, lost, rage filled goodness and their pairing was a stroke of absolute genius. They have a huge amount of chemistry and sizzle on screen. Fortunately, for him, Alice is on the side of Luther and they share a strange love/hate relationship throughout the series.

There's not a lot of police procedure, in fact you hardly see the inside of a police station until series 3, the drama's all about Luther as a man and how the events of his life affect his ability as a detective and vice versa. You're more likely to see his emotional distress and personal rage than scenes of him racing through London brandishing a gun. By series 3 things are starting to change, they're certainly ramping up the tension, and there's more violence and gore however; I didn't find Luther particularly graphic or gratuitous. In fact, for a modern day detective drama with such hard hitting storylines, the series is quite unique in that it relies on the quality of acting and scripts rather than the thrill factor.

There's always a sense of threat and mystery hanging around Luther, you're never sure what he'll do, but Idris Elba plays the role with so much passion and fire you can't help but believe in him. I'm hoping they leave him as he is; a good cop who risks becoming a bad cop the deeper he becomes involved with the evil around him.

For me this is one of the best detective series that's been on UK television and Luther is certainly on a level above the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unparalleled Psychological Detection, 23 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Luther - Series 1-3 [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
The box set of Luther series 1-3 is a 6 DVD collection of each of the episodes from the great BBC detective drama starring Idris Elba originally screened between 2010-2013. The detective genre is hugely over-exposed but this is a cut above pretty much anything out there. Idris Elba is absolutely magnificent as the troubled but genious detective in his first great role after his breakthrough in The Wire. This show is not about Elba but he is what turns an excellent concept and set of plotlines into an all-time great TV show.

The downside of Luther is how short it all is. There are only 14 episodes in total plus one Special Feature for the first series. Less may occasionally be more but more Luther would be good.

There is hardly anything with Luther that falls short of perfect. The choice of theme tune is superb. The outstanding Paradise Circus by Massive Attack is an excellent choice with its slightly haunting minor key arrangement accompanying the breathy vocals of Hope Sandoval. Eery and clever, just like Luther.

The visuals are explained at quite some length in the quality Special Feature for the first series. The use of colour is so well designed. Grey is not necessarily the easiest palette to work with but it looks good here. The subtle colours, clever use of angles, and interesting photography of London gives the audience a feel of being part of the unfolding action. It may help to be familiar with the filming locations of East London but this is so obviously London and so obviously now.

In each of the three series, Luther has two issues to deal with. He has crimes to solve and he has a bigger problem trying to take him down. His crime solving is top notch sleuthing because it is not so much about solving the case as getting inside the head of the killer. A range of weird and wonderful psychopaths commit horrendous crimes that Luther has to understand in order to solve. While it might be fun to harken back to Sherlock Holmes, Luther takes solving using psychology way beyond any of the Sherlock thought processes into a sophisticated analysis of the human condition. It is light years ahead of the other similar works including the legendary Columbo.

Most of the cases feature quite seriously deranged villains. It is Luther's job to take the audience inside an alien mindset to help track down his opponent. Quit where writer Neil Cross drew his inspiration from is unclear but he produces a magnificent set of monsters for Luther to match wits against. The villains are generally clever though not always so. They are always motivated by something that feels credible. Even stock characters such as the bloodthirsty Lucien Burgess are given enough additional material to make them unique and engrossing.

The killings are often quite savage. This is not family viewing. The killers occasionally brutalise their victims in sadist and frankly disgusting ways. The squeamish should not watch this show.

Occasionally, Neil Cross seems to delve into niche worlds he must know a little about. The emergence of killings motivated by roleplaying games suggests Cross must have decent knowledge of the RPG genre even as he seemingly references the DnD panic of early the 1980s US. The solution to that particular crime is classic Luther - he puts himself at great personal risk because he has worked out how to lure in the villain. He understands the motivation of someone who seems almost locked-in, using his knowledge and his awareness of surroundings to outwit an enemy with seemingly no psychological weaknesses.

The performance on display from Idris Elba as Luther is utterly incredible. This is clearly the man inside Idris. It is a character so very far away from Stringer Bell. Elba is still that same huge guy, physically imposing and capable of bouts of uncontrolled rage. He is also clearly full of the introspection and insecurity that comes from being an exceptionally intelligent man. Luther's failings as much as anything make this something spectacular to see. Elba is able to play so close to the edge that it is entirely believable each time he falls over the other side and does something we all know Luther will regret. It is a performance burning with barely controlled intensity punctuated by moments of completely believable clarity. Unlike some of his detective genre competitors, Luther's eureka moments are as apparent to him as they are to the audience. This is one of the great performances in British television history.

A core part of the storyline is antagonist/love interest Alice. Played by the dazzling Ruth Wilson she is a fascinating character. Amid the low-key and muted people who express themselves through their actions, Alice is an intellect and wordsmith worthy of matching Luther. She was perhaps originally designed to be the Moriaty character but she is much more than the equally brilliant villain to Luther's hero. Alice has licence to act in ways that Luther cannot. She has the literal freedom in that she is not constrained by the duty of upholding the law. More interestingly she has the intellectual freedom that her alleged psychopathy permits. Alice resolves problems in ways that would often mark her out as one of Luther's targets but her actions are designed to serve the greater good.

Ruth Wilson's performance is quite extraordinary. She smoulders throughout, overtly sexual in every motion without ever making anything explicit. The combination of her eyes and pout make Alice's scenes always intriguing. Wilson's combination of intelligence and a touch of almost malevolent humour gives her a sparkle. Her actions late in the cycle play this up a little bit too much and her long boots are not a great look but the brilliance with which the audience can read the non-verbalised communication between Alice and Luther is genious.

Luther's greatest enemies are another set of stock characters - Internal Affairs. Luther clearly breaks the rules. He does so in a way that may not have been possible on the BBC before Gene Hunt but in doing so he breaks open the audience's need to see both humanity and a positive result. The rules exist for a reason but it is Luther's way that the audience wants to see succeed.

Internal affairs activity really kicks up a gear in the final series with the arrival of the thoroughly unpleasant George Stark played by David O'Hara. Stark's character seems to have an array of issues to address but there is an amazing swerve revealed right near the end when the impeccable logic of his own position appears briefly and is as credible as anything Luther comes up with.

Those around Luther do not always have the best of lives. The love triangle between Luther, his suitably beautiful ex-wife Zoe played by the stunning Indira Varma, and third wheel Mark played by Paul McGann is bound to end badly. The weird group of people Luther ends up surrounded by at the end of a heartbreaking first season is great misfit action. The worst villain of the first season and the one who poses the greatest threat to Luther generates a truly devastating sequence of events. When the same is replicated through another villain at the end of season three, the villain is interesting for different reasons but it is the effect on characters the audience has grown to know over the three seasons that has the impact.

Luther is an amazing show. It casts one of Britain's greatest acting talents as a genious in a world full of glorious depravity. Idris Elba is magnificent. Around him are a set of excellent performances, not least the brilliant writing of Neil Cross. Luther manages to stand out way above even the best of the detective genre. Must see television.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London Police-serie that stands out., 2 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Luther - Series 1-3 [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
Had seen an episode on tv and was taken by its performance.
As viewer you are taken into the private life of Inspector Luther.
The bad guys are really bad and there is non-stop the feeling of urgency, to be quick, as otherwise more victims will appear.
Well performed and am looking forward to more episodes...
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great BBC Entertainment, 25 July 2013
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This review is from: Luther - Series 1-3 [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
Say what you want about the 'Beeb', this is a truly great TV show. Whilst some of the scenes became often grotesque and/or peverted, Luther has maintained interest and a following like no other BBC detective thriller for a while. Without Idris Elba (DCI John Luther) this show would not be what it is. But that's not to take away from excellent performances from Dermot Crowley and Michael Smiley; I also have a soft spot for Ruth Wilson, who is just plain evil!

Once all these episodes drop off the iPlayer this boxset is going to be invaluable. With the third series now over, I know plenty of people (including myself) that will be rewatching series 1, episode 1 on July 29 when this comes out! And for those who haven't had the pleasure of watching, this would be a great present to introduce someone to John Luther.

But this may not be the end of course. Luther, the movie? In a recent interview with Ms Wilson : ""It depends if you go to the origin story of Luther. Alice may be involved, but she may come in at the end. It's that thing of do you go backwards, forwards or sideways?""

Either way - this Boxset is the only natural way to deal with the Luther finale comedown.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luther is the man!, 25 Mar. 2014
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I watched this series again after the TV series and its still great. Luther is such an original character. Like all detective stories there are some flaws but its so watchable. I would recommend particularly if you like an inverted detective story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great television drama series to binge on..., 11 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Luther - Series 1-3 [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
Last month (January 2015), I watched a funny segment of a cable news program after the President's State of the Union address here in the USA. Chris Matthews, a 69 year old American political commentator and news anchor for his weeknight talk show HARDBALL on MSNBC, attempted a celebrity interview a la Larry King. Matthews was interviewing British actress Ruth Wilson, who just received a Golden Globe for best television actress (drama) for her role in Showtime's THE AFFAIR. Wilson answered some pertinent questions about the role of women in television drama series, but demurred when Matthews asked her to "talk American."

Well, Ruth Wilson, I haven't seen Showtime's THE AFFAIR but you were stupendous in the BBC drama serial LUTHER.

LUTHER may be the first drama serial that I binge-watched by renting the DVDs - two at a time from Netflix. This British psychological crime television series stars Idris Elba as the title character, Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. The first series of six episodes was initially broadcast on BBC One in May and early June 2010. A second and third season with only four episodes each were broadcast in consecutive summers. The series was broadcast for America viewers on BBC America beginning in October 2010.

The plots are dramatizations of John Luther's cases for the Serious and Serial Crime Unit in London, England. He is often consumed by the darkness of the crimes with which he deals and is often hampered by his interactions with the women in his life: his ex-wife Zoe, his police superior, and Alice Morgan, his nemesis. He is unable to arrest Alice Morgan, the murderer in the first episode, and for the rest of the series she becomes his confidante, giving him insight into the motivations of other criminals. British actress Ruth Wilson plays the red-lipped and beautiful red-haired Alice.

The series has received eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Elba was nominated for a Golden Globe for all three seasons as best actor in a television drama; he won for the second season of LUTHER. He also won the 2014 NAACP Image Award as best television actor (drama).

In November 2014 BBC announced that it would air a two episode miniseries of LUTHER in 2015. Hopefully, it will be aired on BBC America. Meanwhile, I'm trying to squeeze some $$ from my Social Security check to purchase this excellent collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elba Steals the Show as the Near-Genius Detective, 11 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Luther - Series 1-3 [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
'Luther' is a show that defines quality over quantity. There may be dozens of unremarkable carbon-copy crime dramas out there that focus on the standard typical lonely, brooding and haunted detective figure, but 'Luther' stands apart from the crowd by some margin.
Writer Neil Cross has created something of a gem here, but I fear it's Idris Elba's fascinating and frankly hypnotic performance as the titular detective that really sells this series. Elba is a tour de force in the role, and I daresay this will be one of the defining performances of his career, alongside his performance as Stringer Bell in 'The Wire'. Luther is a character who cannot be explained without making the guy sound like a cliche, and honestly I feel that no other actor could have brought this intriguing character to life with the energy, charisma, dedication or originality that Elba managed.
Totalling just 14 episodes across three seasons, 'Luther' takes viewers on an emotional roller coaster as we are given insight into the troubled world of DCI John Luther, and embark on numerous gruesome cases as the near-genius detective struggles with some serious personal demons that never seem to end.
It's one hell of a ride, and with the show returning for two specials in 2015, be sure to catch up on Seasons 1-3 before returning to this dark yet endlessly fascinating world, set to the stark backdrop of a particularly bleak 21st Century London as seen through the eyes of Luther.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Series, 14 May 2014
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This programme is one of the best crime drama series I have ever seen. Brilliant actors, enthralling plots, keeps you on the edge of your seat, right to the end. Wish they would make another series.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING, 24 Oct. 2013
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Great show but be warned that the extras contain big spoilers so don't watch them until you've seen the show first.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing other than Brilliant, 13 Aug. 2013
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I had never watched any of the episodes and due to the amount of people talking about Luther I decided to buy the box set. I have watched the whole box set in one weekend. Its brilliant. I really do recommend buying this.
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